DANVILLE, Va.—At least two investigations are underway to determine the cause of the death of a worker at Goodyear's Danville tire factory.
Including the latest fatality, four people have died at the facility in the last year.
The latest was 47-year-old William “Billy” Scheier, an electrician from South Boston, Va. An employee at the plant for almost six years, Scheier was killed early in the morning of Aug. 12, according to the company. He is survived by his wife, Wendy, and son, Will.
Goodyear and the United Steelworkers union are working together to investigate the root cause of the incident. The company and the USW are cooperating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which also is conducting a probe of the plant, a Goodyear spokeswoman said.
While the tire manufacturer did not release the official cause of death, a USW official said Scheier was crushed by a machine. He could provide no other details on the accident, he said, because a number of things still need to be tied down.
In a statement, the firm said its onsite emergency response team, as well as local emergency personnel, responded immediately after the accident. It said the parties have been working jointly on the investigation.
Maintaining it is premature to talk about the next steps in the probe at this point, the Goodyear spokeswoman said the plant is operating and producing tires.